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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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  1. https://youtu.be/7nhFo0SOx0g
  2. Home Depot has the following on sale: Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Score Wireless Speaker Set with SKAA Technology for $64.88 (marked down from $149, originally $199 in 2017) www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Volt-ONE-Hybrid-Score-Wireless-Speaker-Set-with-SKAA-Technology-P765/301045697 Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Score Secondary Wireless Speaker for $25.88 (originally $99) www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Volt-ONE-Hybrid-Score-Secondary-Wireless-Speaker-P761/301045683 They are highly rated. I think they will be a good way to spread music around the yard...
  3. Light flurries are on sale at LTD Commodities: http://www.ltdcommod...0043&navCount=0 And ABC Distributing (same company, different name): http://www.abcdistri...0014&navCount=0 $59.95 plus shipping. Seems like a reasonable price.
  4. Really impressive. We saw the video on our local news last night. Jacksonville, FL!
  5. I've done you one better, Bill. My setup is run by wireless Light Linkers. So I just plug one into my labtop and can control the whole setup from anywhere on the property. RO
  6. What all are you looking for? I have 22 strings of blue icicles, 100 bulb, m5 shape, full wave, purchased from Travis (LED Holiday Lighting) last year. 19 strings used one year (and all worked great) and 3 new. I had ordered the 5MM size, but got these instead and too late to change them out. If you're interested, we can work something out... RO
  7. Stopped by this morning (Jacksonville, FL)...they have cases of extension cords left (40', 25', 25' with triple block, 15', 9'), all 75% off. They were way overpriced to begin with (e.g. $25 for 40'), but at 75% off makes it a deal. I even left some for you all...
  8. Hey Mandarinlights! We saw your display last year and can't wait to come by this year. The first day it doesn't rain... We are up an running at: 3258 Loretto Road Jacksonville, FL 32223 Give us a honk if you come through! RO
  9. I have a dozen I bought from Darrell and love them. I would buy another dozen at this price. BTW Bill and Michael, I haven't gotten around to posting our thanks for the work you all put in the Mini. My wife and I had to leave early, but had a great time. RO
  10. Yes! Here are our crank ghosts that we have used for a number of years now: We are coming to the Florida Mini; I can bring all the pieces, if you like. I doubt there will be a suitable place to set it up though. RO
  11. We all went through this corrosion problem two and three years ago. I lost 21 strings Phillips blue LED icicle strings in 2006. The solution that was suggested that worked for me was to dip each entire string in a bucket of WD40 before putting them up. Things get pretty messy, but I had 21 strings of the Phillips blue LED icicle strings make through two seasons and 21 strings of the Home Depot white LED icicle strings (the ones with the plastic snowflake over each bulb) make it through 1 season, with no evidence of corrosion when I took them down. For those who have a large amount of these strings, it is worth trying. RO
  12. My wife and are will probably be able to make it, but won't be able to confirm until later. Looking forward to it, though! RO
  13. Gary, You convinced me. I just got a used one off ebay for $22 with shipping. The things retail for over $200...I guess you still can get deals on ebay! RO
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